Border District Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar accused the Biden administration of “listening to immigration activists” more than lawmakers and border officials.
The Texas lawmaker told Fox News on Sunday that he had communicated to the White House that it should keep Title 42 in place until the public health emergency of the COVID-19 pandemic is lifted – at the earlier.
“We told them, but they said they were going to keep lifting the title,” he told host Sandra Smith.
“But the thing is, yes, they are listening to immigration activists,” Cuellar said in reference to the White House. “But my question is, who listens to the men and women in green and blue? And more importantly, who is listening to the border communities, the sheriffs, the landowners, the rest of the people who live on the border? »
“I was in Rome, I was with a lot of people there, not just officials but other people – none of them said, ‘yes, go ahead and lift title 42’ , he added. “None of them said ‘open the border’.
“They are very worried because they are on the front line and they are the ones I think we have to listen to. We must listen to border communities,” insisted the legislator.
Texas Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar accused the Biden administration of sending ‘mixed messages’ by ending Title 42 but keeping other COVID-related policies in place
The Cuellar District includes hundreds of miles of southern border along the Rio Grande River separating Texas and Mexico – it also extends into the state to include parts of San Antonio
“Yes, they listen to immigration activists. But my question is…who listens to the border communities, the sheriffs, the landowners, the rest of the people who live on the border? Cuellar interrogated. “We need to listen to border communities.” Pictured: Migrants seeking asylum from Haiti cross the Rio Bravo River on their way to El Paso, Texas, Friday, April 22, 2022
Since Biden took office, more than 2.4 million migrants have been apprehended by CBP. Last month hit a new high with 221,303 encounters in March alone
The Cuellar District stretches along the Rio Grande River from just west of McAllen, Texas to the western border for hundreds of miles – it also encompasses parts of San Antonio and the border towns of Loredo and Rio Grande City.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which has the authority to activate Title 42, announced earlier this month that it would end the program on May 23.
Public health policy allows immigration agencies to instantly deport migrants who pass through the United States without hearing their asylum claims. Under typical Title 8 of the immigration code, if a person crosses the border and expresses fear of returning to their home country, the lengthy asylum process is immediately initiated.
Bipartisan bills in Congress are trying to block the administration from ending Title 42 before the public health emergency is lifted by the White House.
“How can you ask international travelers to make sure … they are vaccinated or even show their negative COVID-19 tests if they arrive by plane?” Cuellar interviewed in his interview with Fox Sunday morning.
“How can we extend the federal public emergency until July 15 and say there is a pandemic in the United States, but at the border everything is fine and just let people into the United States?” He continued.
“These are mixed messages.”
Massive influxes of migration are expected next month once Title 42 ends on May 23, 2022. Pictured: People climb a fence with a ladder on the Mexican side of the border in Tecate on Thursday, April 21, 2022 – then men use ropes to lower themselves from the American side of the wall
A Haitian asylum seeker enters the United States from Mexico to turn into Border Patrol agents in El Paso, Texas on Friday, April 22, 2022
The White House has received immense pressure from immigration advocates to end the enforcement of Title 42, despite the fact that the Biden administration has maintained Trump-era policy and has even defended in court over the past year and a half.
Now that Biden’s team has announced the end, Republicans and some Democrats have expressed outrage at the move, which is sure to triple the current migration crisis on the southern border, according to internal estimates.
March saw the latest record number of arrests by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) with 221,303 encounters last month alone. This number had not been seen in decades and broke the last high of 213,593 in July 2021.
Concerns are growing that the lifting of Title 42 coincides with the peak season for illegal immigration in the spring and summer.
Since Biden took office in late January 2021, CBP has apprehended more than 2.4 million migrants crossing the southern border.
Some estimates predict that the current crossing of 8,000 migrants a day could increase to 18,000 once Title 42 is lifted next month. And some groups warn that there are already hundreds of thousands of migrants within days of the border ready to cross once the policy ends.